Chinese trio to pilot 5G networks

19 Apr 2018

China’s trio of mobile network operators have unveiled plans to begin trialling 5G technology in several of the country’s largest cities, People’s Daily reports. China Mobile is planning to begin offline testing in five cities in eastern and southern China, with each city to be covered by more than 100 5G base stations apiece, whilst 5G application demonstrations will take place in twelve cities. China Unicom, meanwhile, will pilot 5G technology in 16 cities, including Beijing Tianjin, Qingdao, Guiyang and Zhengzhou. The operator added that it will refarm a portion its 2G spectrum for 5G services. Finally, China Telecom is looking to test the technology in Xiong’an, Shanghai, Suzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu and Lanzhou, with another six cities to be added later.